Body found in Mill creek identified as Paul Swenson

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SOUTH SALT LAKE (ABC4 Utah News) -One part of the mystery is solved but several others remain after the Medical Examiner identified the body found in Mill Creek Sunday.

“It was identified as Paul Heiner Swenson of American Fork,” South Salt Lake Police Spokesman Gary Keller said Monday. “They were able to get an ID through clothing, ID that was in the victim’s pocket and tattoos.”

According to Keller, the condition of the body indicated that the 30 year old husband and father of a young daughter had been in the water for some time. He was last seen July 28th and his car was located at Park View Elementary in Salt Lake. On Sunday his body was seen floating in the creek behind a Buddhist temple 4 miles away at 135 West, 2950 South.

“Medical Examiner was indicated there was no obvious signs of foul play at this time,” Keller said. “We’re waiting for results from laboratory and toxicology testing to determine cause of death is still under investigation by the Medical Examiners office. From our part, from the police side, we have a lot more questions than answers at this time.”

Investigators will now try to determine exactly how Swenson entered or was placed into Mill Creek and where.

“I think it was upstream and that the recent rainfall, all the heavy rainfall we’ve received may have dislodged it from it’s original location,” Keller said.

Paul’s wife Ashlee, parents and in-laws posted a statement on Facebook reading in part: “We are deeply pained to have our most dreaded fear confirmed…We have been working with law enforcement closely over the past weeks as they search for answers…We want to express our deepest gratitude to you as our community. Your support has lifted us. Please pray for us.”

Keller said it may take several weeks to get the results of those toxicology tests back from the laboratory.

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